Williams Industrial Services Group (WLMS) versus Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) Head-To-Head Review

Williams Industrial Services Group (OTCMKTS:WLMS) and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (NASDAQ:GLDD) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Williams Industrial Services Group and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Williams Industrial Services Group -19.74% -46.48% -12.60%
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock -1.07% -0.73% -0.20%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Williams Industrial Services Group and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Williams Industrial Services Group $186.98 million 0.23 -$56.52 million N/A N/A
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock $702.50 million 0.67 -$31.26 million ($0.27) -27.74

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has higher revenue and earnings than Williams Industrial Services Group.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Williams Industrial Services Group and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Williams Industrial Services Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock 0 1 1 0 2.50

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has a consensus target price of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.81%. Given Great Lakes Dredge & Dock’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Great Lakes Dredge & Dock is more favorable than Williams Industrial Services Group.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

19.9% of Williams Industrial Services Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.1% of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock shares are held by institutional investors. 19.5% of Williams Industrial Services Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.1% of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Williams Industrial Services Group has a beta of 2.08, indicating that its stock price is 108% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has a beta of 0.63, indicating that its stock price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock beats Williams Industrial Services Group on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Williams Industrial Services Group

Williams Industrial Services Group Inc. provides general and specialty construction, maintenance and modification, and plant management support services to the nuclear, hydro and fossil power generation, pulp and paper, refining, petrochemical, and other process and manufacturing industries. The company offers nuclear power plant maintenance, modification, and construction services; maintenance, repair, and capital project services for other industrial and power generation facilities, including paper, fossil fuel, industrial gas, hydro power, and natural gas; and repair, modifications, maintenance, and builds services for municipal water and wastewater facilities. It also provides cleaning, surface preparation, coatings application, quality control, and inspection testing services for nuclear and fossil fuel power plants, industrial facilities, and petrochemical plants; industrial insulation services for power generation installations; and abatement services for the removal of asbestos and heavy metal based coatings, such as lead paint. In addition, the company replaces, repairs, and upgrades industrial facility roofing systems at pulp and paper manufacturing facilities and nuclear power plants; offers oil and gas modifications and construction services; engages in the conversion of analog control systems to digital controls; and provides nuclear decommissioning services. It markets its services in the United States through sales and marketing personnel, as well as its on-site operations personnel. The company was formerly known as Global Power Equipment Group Inc. and changed its name to Williams Industrial Services Group Inc. in June 2018. Williams Industrial Services Group Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in Tucker, Georgia.

About Great Lakes Dredge & Dock

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation provides dredging services in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Dredging, and Environmental & Infrastructure. The Dredging segment is involved in capital dredging that consists of port expansion projects, coastal restoration and land reclamations, trench digging for pipelines, tunnels and cables, and other dredging related to the construction of breakwaters, jetties, canals, and other marine structures. This segment also engages in channel deepening and port infrastructure development; coastal protection projects; re-dredging previously deepened waterways and harbors; and lake and river dredging, inland levee and construction dredging, environmental restoration and habitat improvement, and other marine construction projects. It serves federal, state, and local governments; foreign governments; and domestic and foreign private concerns, such as utilities, oil, and other energy companies. The Environmental & Infrastructure segment provides environmental and geotechnical construction services, including the creation, repair, or stabilization of environmental barriers; and remediation services comprising the containment, immobilization, or removal of contamination from an environment. It serves general contractors, corporations, superfund potentially responsible parties, and environmental engineering and construction firms, as well as federal and municipal government agencies. The company operates a fleet of 20 dredges, 16 material transportation barges, 1 drillboat, and various other support vessels. The company was formerly known as Lydon & Drews Partnership and changed its name to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation in 1905. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois.

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